This is David Dressler checking in with a GROM Racing report from Snowshoe Race 2. Saturday morning we woke up to nice weather but the DH course was still quite muddy from rain earlier in the week. With all the rock and not much grass we chose to run Specialized Butcher tires. As the course dried out during the afternoon the Butchers were working really well.
Our team for this weekend was Eric Vest, Jay Fesperman and me. Jimmy Leslie came down for the weekend to spend some time with the team as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered during the ski season. Ben Calhoun was home sick this weekend. We hope to have him back for the next race at Beech Mountain in mid August.
Saturday afternoon brought an old school grass slalom race in which Eric and I raced. Some rain came in right before the final round to help make things interesting. The wet grass was very tricky. Eric raced Elite/Pro and took first place and I raced Junior and took 1st place.
The DH course was great. I give Trevyn Newpher props for putting together a great course. On Sunday, I practiced from 9-10 while my Elite/Pro teammates had the course from 10-11. The race started around 11. I was first out of the gate for the team and managed to place third in Weekend Warrior (Cat 2) 17 & Under, even though I crashed a few times and was not happy with my run. Eric and Jay raced Elite/Pro in DH so they were the last group to come down the mountain. Eric had a solid run with a 5:10, even with a crash. Jay took second place with a 4:32, just 1.2 seconds off the win.
Everyone had a solid, safe and fun weekend. We’re all looking forward to getting back together for our next race at Beech mountain in a couple of weeks. May thanks to our sponsors for helping GROM Racing have another great weekend of racing.